Shark Cage Diving Cape Town in Simon's Town

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Shark Cage Diving Cape Town

Simon’s Town Pier, Wharf Street, Simon’s Town, 7975

R 2,600.00/ person
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Activity Information

Company:Apex Shark Expeditions

Activity:Shark Cage Diving Cape Town

Activity Types:Marine & Water Tours | Shark Cage Diving | Boat Cruises

Duration:4

Adults Allowed:Yes

Children Allowed:No

We see a variety of shark species throughout the year according to the seasons, weather, water temperature and other factors. During September to 14 June we operate half day shark tours to either Seal Island or Cape Point as both offer very different opportunities and visibility. Possible shark species can include Seven gill sharks, Mako Sharks, Blue sharks and Great white sharks. The location for the day will be determined by the best shark activity and sea conditions and will be confirmed with you the day before your trip. Whales, dolphins and many species of sea birds are often encountered on this adventurous expedition. As we adopt an eco-system style of operating our trips, going to sea with Apex is like going on a safari game drive and we will try to take in as much marine wildlife as possible on our trips As trips are based on natural events every trip is different and sightings are not guaranteed. The departure point, Simon’s Town, is only 35 minutes from Cape Town, 15 minutes from the Cape of Good Hope and only 2 minutes from Boulders Beach Penguin Colony. Locations Our one area is Seal Island, False Bay and this is famous having been featured on many documentaries including Air Jaws on the Discovery Channel with Chris Fallows, our owner, as co-host. You will also have close views of the 65 000 strong Cape Fur seal colony on Seal Island (this is the largest island based seal colony in Africa) as well as various sea birds (Cape cormorant, Bank cormorant, African penguins & Black Backed kelp gull). Our second area is cage diving and surface viewing off the spectacular back drop of Cape Point and Cape of Good Hope. Trip Information Trips include dive gear (sizes S to XXXL) light breakfast, light lunch, snacks, fruit and refreshments on board. Trip 1 departs at 6.30am. The trip is 3 – 4 hours long (shark activity and weather dependent). Trip 2 departs between 11:30 and 12:30. The trip is 3 - 4 hours long (shark activity and weather dependent). Our Boat and Cage Our vessel is a 36 foot catamaran, specifically built for cage diving and the viewing of sharks from the surface. A dry cabin, soft cushioned seats and a flush toilet ensure your comfort at sea. She complies with all safety requirements and Great White shark permit conditions. View our boat and cage. Cancellation Policy If the trip is cancelled due to inclement weather there is NO charge. This decision is made by the skipper and is based on wind and swell conditions. We will try to reschedule you if we have availability. 1-5 guests: 30 days or more before the time of start date: no cancellation fee; Less than 30 days before start date: 50% of the fee; Less than 15 days before start date : 100% of the fee; No show or late arrival: 100% of the fee 6+ Guests & Exclusive Charters: A non-refundable 50% deposit upon booking. Refunded only on bad weather cancellation Full payment is due 60 days prior. Cancellation hereafter is 100% of the fee.

Guests meet at the Apex Shark Expeditions shop at Quayside Centre, Wharf and Main Street, Simon’s Town. Morning Itinerary Meet the crew at the Apex Shark Expeditions shop for a light breakfast. Guests are welcomed aboard White Pointer II. A full safety and weather briefing is given before departure. Depart for Seal Island or Cape Point based on time of the year and sea conditions. Arrive at Seal Island/Cape Point. Based on what the weather is doing, we will decide on the best spot to weigh anchor and begin attracting sharks to the vessel. The cage is then deployed where it floats next to our vessel. Once a shark approaches our boat, bait is kept in the water to keep the shark around long enough for identification, viewing and cage diving purposes. At no point are the sharks purposefully fed or handled and all efforts are made to prevent the sharks from making contact with our vessel. If the weather conditions are favourable, guests will be readied for cage diving. Safety precautions and operational procedures are then explained to any guest wishing to enter the cage. It is important to know that the sharks come very close to the boat so it is not necessary to dive in order to see them. Those not wishing to dive will have excellent views of the sharks regardless. Trip duration is +- 3- 4 hours depending on the weather conditions and shark activity. CHILDREN * No children under 10 years of age. Children are prone to seasickness as are adults, however the affect of seasickness on children is much more pronounced with dehydration being a factor. Children also have a lower threshold for pain and discomfort. * Children 12 years old + will be allowed into the cage on the basis that parents vouch for their aquatic experience. Please note: Sharks are completely wild animals and as such sightings and behavior cannot be guaranteed. We will use our best knowledge in order to give you the most realistic expectations before making a booking.

What To Wear Warm clothing in winter: June to September – Closed shoes, long pants, waterproof jacket and cap / beanie. In summer: October – April – a wind breaker, cap / hat. All year round – bathing suit. Bathing suit (donned under your clothing to facilitate changing into your wetsuit aboard)

Things To Bring What to bring? Dress in layers, Warm weather jacket, closed shoes, beanie, scarf, hat/cap, polarized sunglasses, towel, bathing costume, sun block & camera. If you are prone to motion sickness, we recommend Sturgeron or Dramamine tablets. Take one the night before your trip and another one and a half hour before we are scheduled to meet. For your own enjoyment of the trip, we recommend that you do not over indulge in alcohol the night before as this may result in you being very sea sick the next day.

Guests Or Spectators Divers and surface viewers pay the same price.

Inclusions Dive gear including mask, snorkel, weight belt and wet-suit (5 mm - sizes from small to XXXXXXL). Light breakfast, coffee / tea, passionate crew, educational booklet, light meal aboard, snacks & refreshments.

Exclusions Transfers unless you have selected one of the transfers on the check out page. A quote is required for any transfers outside of the Cape Town central area.

As the trip is weather permitting and meeting and pick up times are based on this, it is very important that you contact us the day before after 14h30 and before 16h00 with a final weather confirmation and meeting/pick up time. The onus is on you to contact us. Note: Day before confirmation and shark species will depend on weather conditions. All trips are confirmed weather dependent and are not shark species dependent PLANES & TRAINS DON’T WAIT ~ NOR DO BOATS!! ~ Any guests not on time will regrettably be left behind. NO REFUNDS UNFORTUNATELY WILL BE MADE FOR guests who are late. The office hours are from 9.30am to 5pm. Please do not phone after 6pm unless there is an emergency. Office: 021 786 5717 or 072 997 7996. SELF-DRIVE GUESTS For the 1st trip you will need to be the Apex Shark Expeditions shop anywhere from 06.00AM to 10:00AM for light breakfast & tea/coffee. For the 2nd trip you will need to be at the Apex Shark Expeditions shop in Simon’s Town anywhere from 10:00AM to 14;00PM. The exact time will be confirmed with you the day before the trip. As you are self drive, please make sure you have adequate time and directions to get to our shop. DIRECTIONS Apex Shark Expeditions, Boardwalk Centre, St Georges Street, Simon's Town Take M3 Southbound highway towards Muizenberg. (It will be best to get directions from the hotel to the highway). Once off the M3 follow the signs to Muizenberg. From Muizenberg follow the signs to Fish Hoek and then Simon’s Town. This is all on one road with the sea on the left hand side. When in Simon’s Town you will pass the train station on the left side. Approx. 1 kilometer from here turn left into Wharf Street. This will take you into the large parking lot with the Simon’s Town Pier in front. This is PAID parking. The Apex Shark Expeditions shop is in the shopping centre on your right. GPS Co-ordinates: -34.193231 , 18.432711 TRANSFER GUESTS Guests will be collected from their hotel. Exact times will be confirmed with you the day before. Please double check that you have given us the correct hotel details. If you are booked under a different name from the name you have booked with us, please let us know. WHAT TO BRING Dress in layers, Warm weather jacket, closed shoes, beanie, scarf, hat/cap, polarized sunglasses, towel, bathing costume (under your clothes), sun block & camera. If you are prone to motion sickness, we recommend Sturgeron or Dramamine tablets. Take one the night before your trip and another one and a half hour before we are scheduled to meet. For your own enjoyment of the trip, we recommend that you do not over indulge in alcohol the night before as this may result in you being very sea sick the next day. CANCELLATION POLICY If the trip is cancelled due to inclement weather there is NO charge. This decision is made by the skipper and is based on wind and swell conditions. We will try to reschedule you if we have availability. 1-5 guests: 30 days or more before the time of start date: no cancellation fee Less than 30 days before start date: 50% of the fee Less than 15 days before start date : 100% of the fee No show or late arrival: 100% of the fee 6+ guests & Exclusive Charters: A non-refundable 50% deposit upon booking. Refunded only on bad weather cancellation Full payment is due 60 days prior. Cancellation hereafter is 100% of the fee. Payment options accepted Payment may be made via Visa and MasterCard for online bookings. Bank transfers or cash will only be accepted for direct bookings into the Apex Shark Expeditions bank account, the details of which will be provided upon request. Credit card acquiring and security Credit card transactions will be acquired for Apex Shark Expeditions via PayGate (Pty) Ltd who are the approved payment gateway. PayGate uses the strictest form of encryption, namely Secure Socket Layer 3 (SSL3) and no credit card details are stored on the website. Users may go to www.paygate.co.za to view their security certificate and security policy. Customer details separate from card details Customer details will be stored by Apex Shark Expeditions separately from card details which are entered by the guest on PayGate’s secure site. For more detail on PayGate refer to www.paygate.co.za Merchant Outlet country and transaction currency The merchant outlet country at the time of presenting payment options to the cardholder is South Africa. Transaction Currency is South African Rand (ZAR). Refunds NOTE: All payment is taken in ZAR and all refunds are in ZAR. Apex Shark Expeditions has no control over the difference in the exchange rate.

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